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Brown is Forest Green assistant

David Brown
Brown scored in Barrow's FA Cup win over Brentford in November

Blue Square Premier side Forest Green Rovers have named David Brown as their new player-assistant manager.

The 30-year-old former Hull, Hereford and Accrington forward joined Rovers in January after leaving Barrow and scored three goals in 18 games.

The appointment seems to indicate the departure of Jerry Gill from the club after only seven months in the role.

Meanwhile, midfielder Lee Fowler has joined Kettering after stating he would leave Rovers at the end of the season.

Brown was delighted to get his coaching opportunity.

"I would only have considered taking such an appointment under Jim Harvey as I love his style," he told the club's website.

"My priority will be to continue playing and help Andy Mangan continue his blossoming career."

Brown is Harvey's fourth assistant since he took over in 2007, following Paul Wanless, Jamie Pitman and Gill.

The manager said: "It is vital that the choice of number two not only needed to fit the style of play I favour but also ensure that we keep to budget during these times."

And the league's top scorer Mangan added: "This is terrific news. Not only am I pleased for David but because he can only make me a better player and I relish the opportunity of having him as my striking partner."

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